Businessman jailed after admitting owning hydraulic press with intention to make fake £1 coins

GVof Rumours snooker hall, 12a Banbury Road, Brackley. ENGNNL00120121028152004
GVof Rumours snooker hall, 12a Banbury Road, Brackley. ENGNNL00120121028152004

A businessman who admitted owning a hydraulic press that had the potential to manufacture home-made £1 coins at a Northamptonshire snooker club has been jailed for 15 months.

Paul Young, aged 51, was arrested in October 2012 after officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) found a 75-tonne hydraulic press in an annex at the back of the Rumours snooker hall in Brackley.

The offence was committed between March 20, 2012 and October 23, 2012. Young was found not guilty of of possessing counterfeit coins.

At Northampton Crown Court on Monday, Young, of Hayman Road, Brackley, was sentenced to 15 months in jail.